Limoneira Company's ranch in beautiful Santa Paula has been practicing a sustainable way of farming for more than a century. We believe that by being truly sustainable, we can pass down our rich harvests of healthy citrus, avocado and other crops to generations to come. Guests who take our tours enjoy the wonderful scents, sights and sounds of a working ranch, but also learn about the importance of sustainable farming.
Senior, large-group, qualified tour operator, school and non-profit discounts available.
Our grassy picnic area can accommodate up to 200 people for a pre- or post-tour lunch.
Ranch & Sustainability Tour:
Limoneira Ranch tour guides' knowledge represents generations of citrus ranch operations. They will explain growing cycles, global farming challenges and citrus trends. You'll view our avocado and lemon orchards and learn about the intricacies of producing avocados and lemons and you'll also see colorful stretches of row crops – strawberries, celery, cilantro, cabbage and beets.
--The tour shows guests what modern farmers are doing to become more sustainable including: a 5.5 acre "solar orchard" (with 6,400 photovoltaic solar panels). Weeds are kept in check naturally around the panels by our English miniature sheep.
--Our Ranch Photo Gallery provides a photographic history of farm life at the turn of the century. Limoneira Ranch Fruit Crate Art symbolizes the history and heritage of California citrus. Max Schmidt, a native of Germany and founder of Schmidt Lithographers of Los Angeles, developed crate labels for Limoneira that were patented in 1927. These "Santa" and "Paula" labels are on display as well as other labels from Limoneira Ranch history. Both tranquil and interesting, this tour will delight all ages.
Tour Length: Approximately 30 minutes
Limited walking required.
Limoneira Packinghouse Tour
The Limoneira Packinghouse dates back to 1919. Once you see the packinghouse's graceful arches, you'll understand why the firm won a design award from the Southern California chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Every year, the company packs more than 3 million field cartons of lemons that fill 3,000 trucks, which take them on the first leg of a journey that ultimately ends on tables in homes and restaurants worldwide. How these beautiful pieces of fruit—nature's art—are prepared for that journey is really something to see.
--Catwalks above long conveyors, whirring sorters, stampers, carton fillers, and cleansing baths offer a fantastic view of a surprisingly intricate process that is bound to surprise and delight visitors.
--Few, if any, other lemon packinghouses would so enthusiastically invite visitors for this behind-the-scenes glimpse of how lemons get from tree to plate, but Limoneira is proud of its awards for quality and food safety, as this one-hour tour will so enjoyably demonstrate.
Note: Due to packinghouse guidelines, guests must wear closed-toe shoes or sandals. Jewellery must be removed, loose/dangling clothing should be secure or left behind. No food or drinks are allowed in the packinghouse and a hat or hairnet must be worn at all times when in the packinghouse. (Hairnets are provided.)
Length: approximately 1 hour
Ranch/Sustainability and Packinghouse Tours can be combined:
Length: approximately 1 1/2 hours
For more information or to arrange a tour, please call 805 525-5541.